I was feeling a bit cheeky with my kanji lessons today and came up with some comedic mnemonics, one of which I’ll post here. I’m curious to see what kind of custom mnemonics the community comes up with, so please, share away!
I’m sure you know, but the vocabulary listed under a kanji is all the vocabulary that WaniKani is going to teach you down the road. Either way, if it helps reinforce the kanji reading because you’re familiar with vocabulary, then that’s a good thing ^-^
i don’t actually write any of my costum mnemonics down, but i do have plenty of them
however, many of them are vulgar or violent to a degree that i don’t really want to talk about them.
a strange series of personal mnemonics involve waving my arms around and performing some kind of action. as a recent example for 放つ (to fire, as in firing an arrow from a bow) i perform arm-movements as if pulling a bow and releasing the arrow. this doesn’t actually have any connection to the sound of the word, but it somehow works. ^^
I personally think so, yes, it’s a very well designed site with a lot of customisation. Compared to Anki where you have to do much of the work yourself, the built in dictionaries have a ‘make a card’ button so you can easily add any kanji or vocab, it has subtitle and text scraping to make decks automatically, and there are loads of community decks for things like Genki.
Whether or not it’s worth the subscription costs is entirely up to your own preferences. They have a 14 day trial if you want to try it out. Unlike WaniKani, it’s most Japanese specific, they have Koran, Russian, etc. stuff on there, though it was made by a WaniKani completer, so there’s a lot of love for Japanese in there.
I personally find some of the more interactive decks great, like the Japanese Prefectures deck: